About the Measure

Domains Mental health and wellbeing
Key stages Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Optimism; Pessimism
Description A measure of dispositional optimism.
Example If something can go wrong for me, it will
Link http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1069072702010001003

Implementation details

No. of items 10
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 0
Age 13-18
Cost single purchase Free
Cost per child Free

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .62-.78
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 2-factor orthogo
CFA 2-factor model (adolescents)
Chi-square(8)= 11.47
p< .001
Criterion validity Not reported
Construct validity Self-esteem, r= [.34,.55]; General Health Questionnaire-12: r= [-.38, -.37] (Total and Optimism) and r= .19 (Pessimism)
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Creed, P. A., Patton, W., & Bartrum, D. (2002). Multidimensional properties of the LOT-R: Effects of optimism and pessimism on career and well-being related variables in adolescents. Journal of Career Assessment, 10(1), 42-61. doi:10.1177/1069072702010001003